Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Recycling Your Manufacturing Off-casts

Some of the best recycled craft supplies I come across are the by-products of another artist's handmade wares. So I'm looking for a few good artists who might be interested in partnering with Beyond Junk as a supplier.

Do you manufacture a handmade product? Does your process create small pieces of waste material that could be reclaimed as crafting supplies? If so, I'd love to hear from you!

I'm specifically looking for:
  • metal discs or shapes
  • fabric or leather shapes
  • squares, corners, scraps, tags
  • wood pieces
  • paper cutouts
Let's work together on some joint marketing and social media!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Funky Finds: Electric Love Rings & Bracelets from grain

When you look at the wiring inside a wall or ceiling, you'll see little flashes of colour. But an opportunity to recycle? Actually, yes.

Today's Funky Finds: Electric Love Bangle & Ring @ grain

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Hand-cut & Hand-punched Brass Bullet Shells

I recently started working with bullets in my other shop, SleeplessStoryteller's Bits & Baubles. Looking around Etsy and the greater community of handmade artists online, quite a few people are incorporating bullets into jewellery, creating charms, rings, cuff links, earrings and pendants.

Some designs are made from melted bullets, while some artists work with the entire bullet or just the stamped end. So I've started adding these as a supply item for Beyond Junk, and in addition to the first few below, I'll be listing whole casings as well as more variety in calibres and brands. Keep in mind that for both partial and whole pieces, the bullet has been fired and contains no active powder.

I'm really interested to keep learning about the many reasons artists are using bullets and what statements we're making by doing so. Whether you wear them or work with them, I'm sure they'll spark many more conversations.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Funky Finds: Brass Bullet Tie Tac

Many artists who work with recycled material have incorporated bullets into their repertoire of mixed media. I've worked with spent shell casings myself and probably will do again.

I find these pieces fascinating, aesthetically and for the social connotations involved in using bullets as decoration. Because so many people have strong feelings on this subject, I think bullet designs can be a great way to spark these conversations. So ...

Today's Funky Find: .308 Brass Bullet Tie Tac @ Bullet Designs